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HERE Drive+ to be free for all on Windows Phone 8.1

Here Drive+

As part of Windows Phone 8.1, users will be getting access to Nokia's HERE Drive+ for free. It will be available on all phones receiving the update. HERE Transit will also be available for free on Windows Phone 8.1.

Also Windows Phone 8.1 is powered by HERE, but we wanted to make it even better for a mobile lifestyle. This is why we extend the benefits of free voice guided car navigation in 97 countries to everyone. No matter whether you have an entry-level Nokia Lumia 520, a Samsung Ativ S or a HTC 8X, with Windows Phone 8.1 you get HERE Drive+ for free, saving up to €35.

Maps views have been updated in HERE Drive+, along with HERE Maps and Transit. In certain countries, you can now view buildings in 3D, and aerial detail has been improved.

What do you think of HERE Drive+ being bundled with Windows Phone 8.1? Give us your thoughts below in the comments.

Source: HERE Three Sixty

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HERE Drive+ to be free for all on Windows Phone 8.1

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Here Drive + is horrible. It'll get yo to the location but it takes the farthest path everytime. I tried it out when going to places I already knew how to get to, just to test it, and it's irctions were ridiculous. I started use Waze after that and love it. It's a battery killer so keep it plugged in and be warned about Construction, stopped cars, Cops and Traffic Cameras... in your area. Saved my butt a few times

Lol so now what are the excuses of owning a Nokia phone? Exclusivity is about to be out the window. The playing field is now leveled.

Better design and support also here has been available to all for a while this is here plus

International maps not just your region is.the difference afik

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That's good, the more options the better, I'll now give HTC a second look if they release a new flagship

As would I. Nokia design has become sort of lackluster. I do like the 930 as it's a refresh of their design however if either the HTC 8.one as someone put it or a Sony WP I will be looking to retire the 1520.

"or a Sony WP "

To bad that's never going to happen. Sony is trying so hard to distance it's self from MS even exiting the PC market...

Nokia still has more features in their firmware + exclusive apps.

Not to mention awesome design, build quality and best cameras around.

Exclusives will die when MS absorbs D&S. That's a bland excuse. And the way everyone has been shitting on the 930 design that is no longer holding true according to WPC...

I guess you missed the part where Here Drive+ was actually available to HTC and Samsung phones in some regions? Either way, Nokia is still obviously the better choice.

I have a 520 and an 820.  For the 520, in order to use Here, I have to put in a SIM.  With an 820, which has Here+, I don't have to put in a SIM to use navigation.  

I use my Lumias as backups to my Android, so my SIM is in my main phone (Android).  I can use my 820 as a standalone GPS.  This may not be an issue to anyone who uses their Lumias as the primary phone, as it'll have a SIM in it.

Nokia apps were always overrated anyway, I have a 925 and I barely use them. The camera is still the real plus. And the camera apps, which require Nokia firmware.

aitt...Well, given that 'Nokia' cannot be used on smartphones after the deal is complete, the only people owning Nokia phones are the ones that currently own them.

Nokia isn't the #1WP manufacturer because of Here Drive+, you do realize that, don't you? 

"Lol so now what are the excuses of owning a Nokia phone?"

 

Not being a recycled Android device/design and high quality level? (I'm assuming you meant Lumia phones...)

 

Any company that is not treating WP as an after thought will get a look from me. Samsung is just using the Galaxy design every year. At least HTC tried with their last batch of WP devices they just need to keep it up.

They have to to. They are also not consuming it but rather providing Nokia a continous income via their licensing. Guess that will be part of the deal buying nokia devices devision. Dont think Microsoft can just integrate it "For Free"

You write as if WP Central is making it free. Check your second paragraph. Or rather, you may want to make it more clear it is a quote.

So Nokia sell their handset division to focus on it's HERE product line, and their business model is to make it free...?! Someone who knows something about economics explain this to me please!

Hi, this is Pino from the HERE team. This is easy to explain: Microsoft is one of HERE biggest licensee, so the price for HERE services is inlcuded in what you pay for any WIndows Phone powered device.

Which would make even more sense for Nokia exclusives to expand to other devices from what I'm gathering from this.

No ms paid a long term license fee
Expect here on all platforms

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Awesome, think this is a great move. Fully incorporated baked right in. Nice for people that travel often. So far its my go to navigation option.

Microsoft and Nokia are being way too brilliant in this.

 

Now Nokia needs to make one last push to update Here on WP7, and there leave it at that.

Considering the operating system is dead and alot of developers left it's a wonderful update choice sure I lost some really good things but the software makes up for it and I get all the latest apps and firmware updates I have until 2016 before the 36 month lifecycle is up so I don't have to worry about being left behind. And some great deals on 920s will pop up soon

The HERE services gives us a lot more usability to navigate with our phones. I've been a happy HERE user on my 920 and can't wait to tell my friends with non Lumia phones to give this a try. :)

Great in the short term, but what I really want to see in the long term is a single combined navigation app that is fully integrated with the system, as opposed to the Here Maps/Bing Maps (because although it's hidden, you can still end up in it from local scout)/Here Drive/Here Transit mess we have now.

Not good, because it will for sure mean we will be screwed with ads. I would much rather pay the $20 for + on low end devices than have it free for all and have a compromised experience, because Nokia will have to make up that revenue in other ways.

"If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold."

 

That's just wrong, there is already evidence of ads being introduced and confirmed by the HERE team, just read the relevant forums thread where a member of the HERE team confirmed it few weeks ago.

 

John20212 -- it would make sense having ads on here.com. However, having ads on a turn by turn navigation app, would be an absolutely stupid idea. I mean, who the hell would really want to see or use ads, when all they want to do is get to their destination. Nevertheless, even if Nokia do so -- like kwajr stated -- MS have already paid for the licensing. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about in regards to ads ;-)

afripino -- that's why I don't use "Waze" mate. Like I said, I think it's an absolutely stupid idea. Especially having an advertising company knowing your every move.

I dont like it at all. I love nokia and the quality their lumia smartphones have. But i dont wont nokia lose the exclusive apps it has. I strongly believe that nokia is the future for the wp, the other OEM focus on android systems and its quite unfair to have the same treatment by microsoft. (i also hate to see the dedicated camera button to be removed)

Although one can say that by these acts Microsoft is trying to attrack more manufacturers to create wp handsets. But still every wp should have something special and exclusive to keep up its advantages and market share.

I'm glad it is free, but it is highly overrated. The whole 'commute' option is a mess. Traffic is handled poorly. The animation is so rigid (should be so much more smooth). It handles zooming poorly - you get to a busy area of many exits and ramps meeting, and you cant see what your looking at or where your suppose to go.

Im assuming this means complete integration. I need to click on address from any app and ask me if I would like to use drive, transit or simply map it.

there wouldnt be any wars if everyone kissed and made up like you two guys

 

+930 for humanity (sd card slot not included)

I don't even use Drive+ on this 920 so this is just another reason I can't wait to dump it for a Samsung or HTC.

Nokia was so farsighted when they loaded my 810 with Drive +.  They knew we were going to get screwed, so they handed us the good version before it all went down... hell yeah.

 

Finally. Only app missing in my ATIV S (I bought a lot of apps but didn't fell like paying 35€ for this). MS has anihilated Android with WP8.1 and this, now I can see no reason to recommend an Android over Windows phone.

I live in Japan. Both Bing Maps and Here Maps are useless here. Currently Windowsphone isn't sold here by any of the carriers, so if this was to change, they better start driving around Tokyo with their mapping cars.

HERE Transit doesn't have info for Ottawa yet at least two other apps do. What's up with that?